Insensitive employees and their uncaring attitudes are the foremost reasons for rising cases of nursing home neglect in Kentucky. There are numerous incidents when passive behavior or inattentive attitude of caregivers aided in the physical, emotional, resident-to-resident, sexual, and financial abuse. While many of these employees were perpetrators, others turned a blind eye to these incidents allowing the guilty to continue their mistreatment without any fear of being reported.
An investigation by the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit has led to indictment of four employees of a Frankfort, Kentucky, nursing home. They are charged with “wanton negligence and failure to report sexual abuse of residents” and may face up to five years in prison term. In February, one of their colleagues was arrested and charged for raping, sodomizing, and sexually assaulting residents between April 2013 and January 2015. The four did not report about the sexual exploitation despite knowing about it.
Report Highlights Abuse Negligence at KY Nursing Home
In another incident, the Kentucky Office of the Inspector General has reported how three caregivers – “a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse and a state registered nurse’s aide” – carried on “physical, mental and emotional exploitation” of residents in the full knowledge of 10 other staff members, who did not bother to intervene. Released in March 2015, the report based on an investigation that begun August last year listed the following types of nursing home abuse of residents at the Brownsville care center.
- pinching breasts and noses
- forcefully putting soap or gloved fingers into mouths
- slapping, teasing, and pushing
- forcefully occupying beds
- pouring of ice cubes and cold water on residents
- forcing residents to make sounds like chickens
- jumping naked on the beds
- acting like vomiting on the beds
The investigation revealed that at least 12 nursing home residents are subject to such abuse. Some these activities were also recorded using smartphones. Though the three accused were arrested, any nursing home negligence attorney in Kentucky is aback to learn the attitude of those caregivers who witnessed these incidents without reporting them or trying protect residents. The callous attitude highlights how insensitive are nursing home employees.
An employee told the investigators that “he was aware of staff mistreating and abusing the residents but did not report the abuse because he felt nothing was going to be done about it, and if he did report it, the person who was reported would know who had reported him/her.”
Our team of lawyers is suing this nursing home for the alleged wrongful death of our client.
Fixing The Liability
About 30% of elder care facilities in the state are cited for their unsecure environment. While many nursing homes have no mechanism to single out staff with previous sexual abuse or criminal record prior to hiring, the internal monitoring, reporting, and observation at these homes are awfully lacking. This also encourages staff to retaliate against complainants. Insensitive employees even forget to take special care of more vulnerable ones, such as those with dementia. Above all, about 50 percent of nursing homes do not have the required procedure in place to report abuse, negligence, and injury incidents.
A Kentucky nursing home negligence lawsuit filed in January exposes the hollow claims of care. Residents are just allowed to die while caregivers minting money. The victim died of “multiple open wounds, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, sepsis with multiple organ dysfunction and failure, as well as other medical conditions” within two months of being admitted to the care center. She was not provided with nutritional food, adequate fluid, and even medical treatment traced to the sheer negligence of caregivers.
Our expert KY nursing home abuse lawyer offers to assist plaintiffs pursuing claims against negligence at care centers. If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to nursing home neglect in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.